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Iniesta: We're Not Dead Yet

Andres Iniesta is refusing to read the obituaries written for Barcelona after their humiliating 4-0 Champions League defeat by Bayern Munich this week.

All the talk has been that Barca’s era of domination is over, now that they are unlikely to reach a third Champions League final in five years.

Bayern’s easy win, followed by Borussia Dortmund’s similarly relentless crushing of Real Madrid, is also being seen as a changing of the guard in European club football generally, with German football in the ascendancy.

But even though Barca have their tails between their legs in Europe, they are still destined to win La Liga.

And Iniesta is adamant that Barca’s ‘era’ has simply hit a bump, rather than ground to a halt completely.

"We have won the Super Cup and everything else we've competed in," the 28-year-old World Cup winner said.

"To say this is the end of the cycle is unfair, after we have won for so many years and have fought for every available title.

“I think the end of a cycle occurs when a few years go by without winning anything."  

Iniesta has also not accepted that Barca’s Champions League challenge is dead and buried for another season.

He admits that it is highly unlikely that they will overturn their first-leg deficit against Bayern, but says he and his team-mates would not be Barcelona unless they gave it their best shot.

"The club has to evolve to continue fighting for everything; the league and the Champions League," Iniesta said.

"We have to improve to get past the semi-finals and make the final.

"If there is even the slightest chance, we have to try. At the very least, try to win the game and attempt to pull off the almost impossible.

“What I can say is that the team will face this match with a winning mentality, as if we were playing a final."

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